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By DAN KARELL
Montreal Impact owner Joey Saputo promised to make changes earlier this season, and after two more debilitating losses for his club, he’s remaining true to his word.
The Impact announced on Wednesday that Nick De Santis has been relieved of his duties as sporting director, though he will remain with the club in an unspecified administrative capacity. While De Santis is losing his main role, the club is keeping head coach Frank Klopas in his role for the rest of the season and letting him remain fully in charge as “director of player personnel.”
“I would like to thank Nick for his involvement,” Saputo said in a statement. “He has been a key element and an architect of our organization.”
De Santis has drawn much of the criticism over the Impact’s current squad, which features many aging veterans and a weak defense that has allowed 37 goals this season, second most in MLS.
After a late-season collapse that saw them dumped out of the MLS playoffs in embarrassing fashion, De Santis failed to upgrade his squad adequately, only making a move for forward Jack McInerney once the season started and signing veteran defender Heath Pearce during preseason training, while also letting Jeb Brovsky, Nelson Rivas, and Hernan Bernardello all leave this summer.
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